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Mike Herman

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Let's kick off with the first 2011 rankings. These are based on the following criteria (roughly in the following order of importance): quality of offense, quality of kicker, age of kicker, kicker's home kicking conditions (dome, warm, cold), kicker's job security, long-term success (a bit of keeper/dynasty slant).

I think with kickers, past performance is no guarantee of future success, so these rankings probably will look much different than 2010 end of year leaderboard.

I didn't factor a scoring system, but I usually play in leagues that award a point extra for longer FGs (40 = 4 pts, 50 = 5 pts, etc.), so that may be a subjective factor here.

Besides player movement, I think the factors that will cause the most movement in the off-season will be strength of schedule (easy schedule is likely to result in more points) and change in the quality of team offenses. For example, if Minnesota's offense improves, Longwell may move up a lot, but probably not out of his tier.

Fire away! :football:

Tier 1

Gostkowski, Stephen, nwe

Kaeding, Nate, sdg

Bryant, Matt, atl

Rackers, Neil htx

Tier 2

Crosby, Mason, gnb

Akers, David, phi

Vinatieri, Adam, clt

Tier 3

Janikowski, Sebastian, rai

Cundiff, Billy, rav

Bironas, Rob, oti

Prater, Matt, den

Tynes, Lawrence, nyg

Scobee, Josh, jax

Carpenter, Dan, mia

Feely, Jay, crd

Longwell, Ryan, min

Gould, Robbie, chi

Hartley, Garrett, nor

Tier 4

Hanson, Jason, det

Suisham, Shaun, pit

Barth, Connor, tam

Succop, Ryan, kan

Kasay, John, car

Brown, Josh, ram

Dawson, Phil, cle

Tier 5

Reed, Jeff, sfo

Nugent, Mike, cin

Mare, Olindo, sea

Lindell, Rian, buf

Folk, Nick, nyj

Buehler, David, dal

Gano, Graham, was

Tier 6

Graham, Shayne, FA?

Hauschka, Steve, FA?

Nedney, Joe, FA?

Brown, Kris, FA?

Lindholm, Garrett, FA?

Carney, John, FA?

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not much thought put into this year but akers stands out for me.

with vick and the speed of their skill players spreading out the defense, they should have an easy time crossing midfield and getting into fg range pretty often. without a hammer at rb or a big 6'5 wr, they will struggle in the redzone

he was 7th in the league in weeks 1-8. since then, he was #1

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Adam Vinatieri has been named AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week: http://bit.ly/f1EG5P

Bucs kicker Connor Barth hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with Tampa Bay: http://tiny.cc/yslrs

New FG rule is kicking in http://bit.ly/dS0Rab

Raiders punter Shane Lechler rips Al Davis’ decision to let Cable gohttp://bit.ly/f8HQgD

Billy Cundiff reflects on record season http://bit.ly/fmmg2s

Veteran free agent kicker Nick Novak worked out for the New England Patriots, according to a league source.

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Patriots kicker Shayne Graham gets another shot at Jets http://bit.ly/hAOsAj

Kickology retroblog: Coaching Kickers and Punters, circa 1893 http://bit.ly/3A4uvL

kicker Noel Prefontaine signs contract extension with Argos http://bit.ly/fW8F7y

David Akers plans to continue playing http://bit.ly/hCndmx

High praise for kicker Shaun Suisham from coach Mike Tomlin http://bit.ly/hfrBxs

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New Year's Resolutions of Former Kickers That Are Now Journalists and That Are the Namesake for an Annual Kicking Award http://bit.ly/f07JKE

After His Best Year, Sav Rocca Focused On Ring http://bit.ly/dNiDdK #NFL about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch discuss contract negotiations http://bit.ly/ijIZug

Check out Craig Hentrich's latest blog entry on Directional Punting! http://fb.me/FQsDS3ct

NFL next target for Alex Henery's foot http://bit.ly/e3Yiur

I remember ... Garo Yepremian reflects on perfect '72 Dolphins http://bit.ly/eMJ5xM

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The 2011 "Off"- Season... the kicks continue http://bit.ly/hGOyHe

NY Jets punter Steve Weatherford vows return to form http://nyp.st/fgduq3

Patriots fill-in kicker Shayne Graham is confident, “I’ll have a job next year.” http://bit.ly/gq5xAR

Unpredictable career arcs for Grizzly pair: one kicker and one returner http://bit.ly/eNfa4J

David Akers expects to be kicking next season http://bit.ly/gzbssl

Jay Feely Rates The Kickers http://youtu.be/XcHSVoZztso

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Kickology blog: NFC Conference Championship Kicks http://bit.ly/hSKHb5

Roy Gerela was the first. Shaun Suisham is the latest. In between were Matt Bahr, Norm Johnson, and Jeff Reed. Steelers kickers in the SB. about 13 hours ago via TweetDeck

Mason Crosby joins Ryan Longwell, Chris Jacke, and Don Chandler as Packers kickers to reach the Super Bowl about 17 hours ago via TweetDeck

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USA Today All-Joe Team: The unheralded prime performers from NFL '10: kicker Jay Feely and punter Donnie Jones http://usat.ly/eaOHJc

Kickology blog: Kicking for Points (updated version) http://bit.ly/fQO8Mf

Colts punter Pat McAfee trains with Columbus Crew http://bit.ly/gO8wVh #NFL #MLS

"When I got to the pros, I was just blown away again. I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” - Cowboys punter Mat McBriar http://bit.ly/hJCEeX

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Kickology blog: NFL Pro Bowl Records... Updated: now with more Aker-ness... http://bit.ly/cc70CP

Patriots blog: Future focus: Kicker, punter & snapper http://es.pn/hsVkg0

Steelers' Kapinos, Suisham didn't expect to be in Super Bowl http://bit.ly/f9xnwu

From Unemployed To Pro Bowler - Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff nearly moved on from football after... http://bit.ly/eoEK80

Bengals Place Kicker Mike Nugent Still Rehabbing After ACL Tear In His Kicking Leg http://sbn.to/hBVAd7

More to struggle of Eagles' David Akers than missed kicks http://bit.ly/ehjH05

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NFL Scouting Combine: February 23rd - March 1st

- kickers: Dan Bailey (Oklahoma State), Kai Forbath (UCLA), Alex Henery (Nebraska), Josh Jasper (LSU), Jake Rogers (Cincinnati)

- punters: Matt Bosher (Miami FL), Ryan Donahue (Iowa), Reid Forrest (Washington State), Chas Henry (Florida)

- snappers: Danny Aiken (Virginia)


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Are Bears setting up to replace Brad Maynard? They will sign familiar punter Richmond McGee. http://bit.ly/etETQz

Kickers and punters from the Class of 2011 discuss the recruiting process (part 3) http://bit.ly/hxHrqH

Long-term security important for Ravens' punter Sam Koch http://bit.ly/f6KqYM

"After the game, I was thinking that was probably the hardest 23-yard field goal of my career." - Mason Crosby http://bit.ly/dG2IpA

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The Feets with the Mostest http://bit.ly/ahoBRZ

Former Steelers Kicker Jeff Reed Talks About Super Bowl XLV http://bit.ly/eW0vHv

Former Jackson Academy kicker Swayze Waters signs with the Steelers

New York Jets sign kicker Nick Novak

Shaun Suisham enjoys super journey http://bit.ly/eq0vdO

Ultimate Indoor Kicking http://bit.ly/gPCyZt

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The New Orleans Saints had their doubts about Garrett Hartley over the past two seasons. Last year, for instance, they deactivated him for two games, using veteran John Carney for two games in October. Now, the club appears ready to commit to him for the long haul. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday night that Hartley has agreed to a five-year contract extension. Other outlets report a deal is imminent. The bottom line is it appears the Saints are comfortable with Hartley now.

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It's still out there, but it's mostly in the fringes - perhaps a young player experimenting with it or a former practitioner demonstrating it. It hasn't seen the big time in nearly a decade, when St. Louis Rams kicker Jeff Wilkins resurrected it for the first part of the 2002 season. Even when it was popular (back in the 1980's) not many did it. Nonetheless, it still captures our imagination... LINK

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